2011 kicks off with sad news for Waterstone's staff and customers in Slough and Maidenhead after the company has decided to close both branches for "commercial reasons".
The Maidenhead branch will shut on 8th January, affecting 12 people. Slough will follow suit in March, affecting five staff. A spokesman for the company said the closures were for "commercial reasons" but said the retailer was trying to find work for booksellers at other branches.
The news follows the closure of the Edinburgh Princes Street branch on Christmas Eve because of the building's landlord choosing to redevelop the site. Seventeen staff were affected.